{ARC Review} The Sinner by Amanda Stevens

Posted on 08/31/2016 in Book Review / 1 Comment

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

{ARC Review} The Sinner by Amanda StevensThe Sinner (Graveyard Queen, #5) by Amanda Stevens
Published by MIRA on September 27th 2016
Genres: Romance, Southern Gothic, Suspense, Thriller
Pages: 384
Format: ARC
Source: NetGalley
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I am a living ghost, a wanderer in search of my purpose and place… \r\nI'm a cemetery restorer by trade, but my calling has evolved from that of ghost seer to death walker to detective of lost souls. I solve the riddles of the dead so the dead will leave me alone. \r\nI've come to Seven Gates Cemetery nursing a broken heart, but peace is hard to come by…for the ghosts here and for me. When the body of a young woman is discovered in a caged grave, I know that I've been summoned for a reason. Only I can unmask her killer. I want to trust the detective assigned to the case for he is a ghost seer like me. But how can I put my faith in anyone when supernatural forces are manipulating my every thought? When reality is ever-changing? And when the one person I thought I could trust above all others has turned into a diabolical stranger?\r\n

God, I loved this book!  Most definitely, The Sinner by Amanda Stevens is the strongest book in her Graveyard Queen series yet.  If you don’t have this on your pre-ordered list yet, what are you waiting for?\n\nWARNING: Parts of this review may spoil The Visitor.\n\nThe Sinner picks up approximately a year after where The Visitor leaves off: Amelia is tending her wounded heart and has decided to temporarily leave Charleston to try to move on, by taking a lengthy and complicated cemetery restoration job about an hour away.  Her gifts are continuing to develop, despite that she doesn’t know how to use them; she just wants to be normal, after all.\n\nThe Sinner introduces many new and intriguing characters to the series.  There is the mysterious Lucien Kendrick, a detective on the local police force in Ascension, South Carolina, who fits Amelia’s tall, dark, & dangerous stereotype, with the hint of a French accent to add to his sexy, other worldly charm.  Officer Tom Malloy, a native to Ascension, who perhaps has seen and heard more than his fair share of the unusual over the years; Annalee Nash, a woman who has a haunting and tragic past tied up in the town of Ascension.\n\nStevens also re-introduces us to an old frenemy, Darius Goodwine.  Nothing good can come from having Darius involved, yet he seems to encourage and push Amelia to the brink of using her gifts, with the plea demand that she save his daughter, Rhapsody, niece to Devlin’s dead wife, Mariama, and in exchange, he will help her find her great-grandmother’s missing key.  A hard offer to turn down for her.\n\nI wasn’t sure who to suspect in this novel; at the top of my list were Kendrick, Malloy, Annalee, and Dr. Rupert Shaw.  In fact, I’ve been suspicious of Shaw since the beginning; his ties to the Order of the Coffin and Claw, as well as being deeply entrenched in the occult have always made me suspect he is sort of undercover.  Each time Amelia visits with him and gives away a little more of herself, my heart pounds and I cringe.\n\nThe Sinner was extra-creepy, if that is even possible.  Amelia stumbles upon a caged grave outside Seven Gates Cemetery, with a freshly dead arm trying to claw it’s way out of the dirt.  She’s seeing things, hearing things, and feeling as if she’s being summoned places.  Is she a sort of reaper?  I’m not sure yet, because she’s still finding her gifts and her story isn’t over.  Stevens paints Ascension with southern charm, peppered with tragedy, darkness, and a sinister undertone that you feel as the reader.\n\nAmelia’s story isn’t over yet and I can’t wait to find out what happens next!\n\n \n\n*Advanced reading copy courtesy of Harlequin MIRA via Netgalley.\n\n 

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